Despite being a short month February was a big month of reading for me. I finished 12 books, 9 of which were either science fiction of fantasy.
Mira Grant - Symbiont. I really liked Grant's Newsflesh trilogy (the opener Feed is the best zombie book I've read), but I'm really not enjoying Parasitology. There's so much padding and the main character, who is very passive seems to feel a need to remind us of her situation a couple of times every chapter. It started life as a duology and was then stretched into a trilogy, this book seems to be the unnecessary middle book that didn't previously exist. I doubt I'll continue on, because I honestly don't care what happens to anyone in it.
E.E Doc Smith - Skylark. This was an ominbus of Doc Smith's 4 Skylark novels. The writing was so ham fisted and the dialog so dreadful that I had to remind myself that Smith was breaking new ground when it came to his ideas at the time. I'm kind of glad I read them, I tried once before when I was a kid, but couldn't get through them, but I wouldn't rush to do it again.
Dave Duncan - Perilous Seas and Emperor and Clown. The final two books in Dave Duncan's A Man of His Word. The first of these still remains the standout, but the whole series is a lot of fun, and has some really interesting and different ideas for the time, along with some very likeable and odd ball characters.
Wesley Chu - The Lives of Tao and The Deaths of Tao. I read the first one and went straight into the second. These are Fun with a capital F. Really cool idea behind them and it lives up to the early promise. Dammit Chu you nearly made me cry at the end of the second one, too! Can't wait for the 3rd in April.
Joe Abercrombie - Half the World. This was a good followup to Half a World, although I can't shake the feeling that he read Henry Treece's Viking trilogy, changed a few things and rewrote it. It was interesting to see Joe on tour here while I was reading it and getting him to sign my copy as well.
Paul Cornell - The Severed Streets. This is the sequel to London Falling. I actually liked it more. London Falling had a darkness that often made me uncomfortable, and I had issues with one of the main characters. I liked him a lot more in this and I love the way Paul Cornell describes London. There's also something to be said for a good Jack the Ripper story, too.
Genevieve Cogman - The Invisible Library. I liked the idea and the concept and it started off really well, but it all went downhill from there. The ideas were very cool it was just the way that they were executed that fell a bit flat for me. There were holes in the way the characters behaved and I guess I just didn't buy into that. I also felt that with the idea that there are chaos affected alternate worlds a better choice than a pale imitation of Gail Carriger's steampunk world could have been chosen to set most of the action on.